Town Bucks Smoke-Free Trend

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - While the trend in Hardin County lately has
been toward smoke-free environments, the Radcliff City Council
decided yesterday to give smokers a break.
Elizabethtown and county officials recently passed anti-smoking
laws, but Radcliffs council decided by a four-to-two vote to uphold
an establishments right to allow patrons and employees to light up.
Councilman Chuck Angus said residents are satisfied with the
status quo, and if they dont like being in a place where theres
smoke, they can leave.
Officials have said theyd consider making establishments install
signs telling those who enter whether smoking is allowed, but that
didn't come up for discussion yesterday.
Councilman Don Yates, who led the effort to ban smoking in
public places, asked council members to table the issue in favor of
further discussion. The vote ended in a tie with Mayor Sheila
Enyart breaking the deadlock by voting to call for a decision.
The vote wasnt on a specific ordinance, instead it was on
whether to pursue some kind of smoking ban.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 19, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    Way to go Radcliff. So glad to see someone and someplace doesn't consider me a crimminal or lesser human being because I smoke. The choice should be left to the business involved and not the whole township.
  • by Gillis Location: Richmond on Jul 18, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    When laws are envoked instead of voted upon, our democratic process is lost. I for one favor smoking even if it must be done outside, but off the property? Give me a break!!!
  • by ralph Location: scott on Jul 18, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    there again, this type of issue needs to be left up to the people that own the business as to whether they allow smoking or not. i put my time in service fighting for the americans' right to make their own decisions about themselves and their health. yes, i agree it would be a good idea to have signs out side to let the cusotmer know about smoking inside. american love it or leave it i say!!!!!!!!!!
  • by LOCAL PATRIOT Location: KY on Jul 18, 2007 at 09:22 AM
    Hitler was the first to start smoking bans. Dont believe me, research for yourself. This is a free country! Our government has no right to regulate our personal habits. The establishment should always have the final say, not Big Brother! If the non smokers dont like it they can go elsewhere.
  • by J on Jul 18, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    AMEN! At least someone is finally standing up for those who own buisnesses. Let them decide if they want smoking or not!
  • by Brian Location: Ashland on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    Well its about time somebody had the guts to stand up for this. Please do not misunderstand. I AM NOT saying that there is no harm in smoking or second hand smoke. What I am pleased about is the fact that owners of establishments are making their OWN decision without having some "official" telling them what to do with THEIR business. To me the most blatant abuse of this so called authority is in Richmond, where the ordinance wasn't even enacted by a body of ELECTED officials. At least the vast majority that enacted a ban had the decency to do it within the confines of an elected government body. And I also like the idea of letting potential patrons know that smoking is allowed in an establishment. It might prevent someone from going in that has more than a casual aversion to smoke perhaps, a respiratory issue that could become aggrivated or even worse if exposed to smoke.
  • by wayne Location: jackson co. on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    I think this smoking ban decision should come from the people within the county, each county should have a voting booth for the people, by the people, and stop leaving the decisions for the white collars to decide for us..Its a free country , right? If your old enough to smoke, then your old enough to VOTE..


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